A: If you are filing for Chapter 13, then you could put Counsel fees through your Chapter 13 Plan. If you are filing for Chapter 7, fees need to be paid before filing so as to not run afoul of the automatic stay of 11 USC 362
A: Most bankruptcy attorneys in Colorado, myself included, will allow you to pay your attorney's fees for a Chapter 7 in installments prior to the time your case is filed. The reason your attorney's fees need to be paid before your Ch. 7 is filed is because the unpaid portion of the fees would be included in your bankruptcy, and that would create an ethical problem for your lawyer.
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